At 4-1, Carolina Forest is off to a great start.
However, Panthers coach Drew Hummel sees plenty of room for improvement.
"I don't think we played very well in the first half tonight," Hummel said following Carolina Forest's 38-13 win over Kingstree. "We came out slow again for the third straight week. For some reason we can't seem to execute in the first half.
"We've got to get better at executing things."
The Panthers jumped out to a 10-0 lead before Kingstree put six on the board before halftime to keep the game close.
It was a different story in the second half.
"It seems like we have to go in there and chew on them a little bit," Hummel said. "We established the line of scrimmage in the second half. I think the second half was a great effort on both sides. Tonight was a good example of doing just enough to get by."
Running back Mark Timmons, though, continues to do more than just get by. He ran 21 times for 235 yards and two touchdowns Friday. Hummel said the key is getting Timmons a little room - and then he'll do the rest.
"We're doing a pretty good job up front to start with," Hummel said. "Mark's a tough runner, he's very elusive. He's got big-play potential when we get him through the line. He's on his way to a great season. We have to find more ways than even we have been to get the ball in his hands."
Overall, Hummel considers 4-1 a good start.
"I like the way we're coming together," Hummel said. "We've just got to stop the penalties and loss-of-yardage plays that knock us backward."
(At) Lake City 54, Socastee 28 | Lake City jumped out to a 26-7 lead after a quarter, and the Braves were unable to get back in it.
Socastee coach Tim Renfrow said his option offense was executing fairly well, but offensive mishaps and a defense that had trouble getting stops plagued the Braves.
"Defensively we just didn't slow them down," Renfrow said. "They socred 54 points, I think 46 on offense. We just didn't tackle very well. We still didn't execute in several areas. They're a pretty good football team. We just gave them too much."
Socastee enters a bye week before beginning region play in two weeks.
"We got a week off, so we gotta get well," Renfrow said. "We get a week to try to heal some people. We've just got to continue to execute offensively. Defensively we've just gotta get people on the ball."
P.J. Brave had three touchdowns for Socastee.
(At) Carvers Bay 61, Latta 0 | Area rushing leader Tevin Richard ran 11 times for 158 yards and three touchdowns as the Bears routed the Vikings.
Richard scored on runs of 11, 26 and 34 yards - all in the first half - and Qua-Shawn Brockington had a pair of first-half rushing scores from 20 and 28 yards out as the Bears piled up 329 rushing yards with a double-digit per-carry average. Carvers Bay took a 48-0 lead into halftime.
Perhaps more importantly for Carvers Bay, the Bears are getting healthier. Quarterback Desmond Grate played Friday after being hampered by a hand injury and assistant coach Keith Wilson said the team was expecting lineman Vontell Grimmage to return next week. Linebacker Tyquell Goss - who had been battling an ankle injury - returned but reinjured the ankle with 8 minutes left in the third quarter, Wilson said.